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Ive been interested in history since I was a
kid. Maybe my fascination with the past
stemmed in part from having grown up in
the town of Lexington, Mass.-the site of the
opening battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775
and a place that is filled with monuments and
statues and ancient graveyards where famous and
anonymous citizens from the 17th and 18th cen-
turies lie beneath somber slate headstones that
speak eloquendy of the fleeting pleasures of life
and of the implacable fate that awaits all humans.
Ive always tended to see the world around me
as a part of the fabric of the past, and so it was
not at all surprising that when I embarked upon
a career as a teacher and a scholar, I did so as a
In my work as president of Lebanon Valley
College, I no longer practice the craft of either
teacher or scholar. But the historian in me
continues to see this contemporary place-this
small college today in the second decade of the 21st
century — as an indivisible part of the continuum
that embraces the past small colleges-the earlier
places that were also Lebanon Valley College-that
have occupied these same premises over the past
146 years, beginning in the seventh decade of the
19th century. Those past places are gone away
and yet all are here with us. And as I pondered
the mystery of time, the theme for this issue of the
President s Report emerged: Yesterday and Today.
When we examine the phenomenon of historical
evolution, we commonly note the existence,
side-by-side, of change and continuity. For all
the dramatic physical changes that differentiate
the present LVC from past LVCs, it is important
to grasp the elements of continuity that make
The editorial staff of the "The Bizarre, "
the student yearbook from 1899-1915,
when it became "The QuittapahiUa. "
Alfred Tennyson Sumner, J, L. Kreider, and
Samuel H. Derickson, all members of the
Class of 1902, are among those pictured,
Sumner was likely the second student
from Sierra Leone to attend LVC (see
"Connections"). Kreider and Derickson
would both return to the College to teach
and today, Derickson Hall is named in the
this fundamentally the same
institution over time. Close faculty-
student relationships remain at the
heart of our work Students still
conduct research with their faculty
mentors. Students still drop by
faculty offices to discuss assignments
and presentations or just to talk
about life in general.
Though some traditions and
names may have changed over
the years, you will find in these
pages stories about people and
places that have, for the most part,
remained unchanged. From the
Carnegie Library and Admin-
Center to women's athletics and
religion, these brief histories
highlight just a few of the many special things about this beloved place.
Adding to the special nature of this report, I am thankful that many friends
and colleagues agreed to write, provide family photographs, or be interviewed for
these narratives. LVC notables such as Bill Brown 79, Janet Eppley Bucher '50,
the Rev. Norman Bucher '50, Dr. Art Ford '59, Sue Sarisky Jones '92, Brad McAlester,
Dr. Bill McGill H'98, Dr. Kevin Pry 76, Anne Shroyer Shemeta '51, Greg
Stanson '63, and the Rev. Dr. Dennis Williams, among others, contributed. Dr.
Jeff Robbins, associate professor of religion, and Dr. Noelle Vahanian, associate
professor of philosophy, braved some dreary weather to be photographed with
their children, Charlie and Rose-Marie, so that a 1900-era photo could be
recreated. The original photograph shows the Shroyer family on the porch of
what is now the Shroyer Health Center.
Finally, before moving on to some brief acknowledgements for the past academic
year, I wish to offer special thanks to Maureen Anderson Bentz '00, access services
librarian in the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, and the Rev. Dr. Paul
Fullmer, College chaplain. Maureen spent coundess hours exploring the College
Archives for "just the right photo," and Paul shared much of his research and
photography archives from his recendy published "Annville Township," an
Cast of the 1913 Junior Annual Play, "Bizarre," The play was first performed
on Dec. 8, 1911, in the Engle Conservatory. A repeat performance was held on
Feb. 20, 1912.
WHEN WE EXAMINE
impressive history of Annville, the
College, and its people.
This past year, we lost some very
special people who had served LVC
for decades as acting president,
trustees, professors, and friends.
Among those individuals who
died were Dr. E Allen Rutherford
Jr. H'85, acting president for
several months in 1 984 and
18-year member of the Board of
Trustees; Dr. Eugene C. Fish
H'82, benefactor of the Eugene
C. Fish Distinguished Chair in Business, member of the Board of Trustees, and
presidential advisor for almost 40 years; Dr. Madelyn Albrecht, associate professor
emerita of education and 18-year member of the Education Department; Dr.
Barnard H. Bissinger, former John Evans Lehman Chair of Mathematics; and
Ella Dellinger, an LVC Auxiliary member for decades and whose family has
been associated with LVC since the late 1800s. Most recendy, Dr. Bryan V.
Hearsey, chair and professor emeritus of mathematical sciences, died nearing
his 40th year at the College. Dr. Hearsey served as acting dean early in my
presidency and will be remembered through the Bryan Hearsey Actuarial Science
Scholarship Fund, created by friends and former students in his honor.
Several members of the board, faculty, and staff retired this past year as well.
Dr. E.H. Arnold H'87 retired after serving as a key member of the Board of
Trustees since 1975, including board vice chair since 1989. Dr. Arnold has
been a board member through five presidents and two acting presidents.
In 1943 at the old Annville Train Station, the campus community sends off LVC
students who were called off to war.
Arnold Field, the Arnold Sports Center, and the Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne
Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education are just a few of the projects
that the Arnold family has supported through their time and generosity. William
Lehr Jr., Esq., retired after a dozen years of service to the board and College, including
two terms as chair of the Board of Trustees. Lehr and his wife, Beverlee, have also
been generous benefactors of the College, supporting numerous projects including
multicultural scholarships and the Lehr Dining Room in the Mund College Center.
Dr. Dennis Sweigart, professor emeritus of music; Rosemary Yuhas, dean
emeritus of student affairs; Allen R. Yingst, director of public safety; Dr. Roger
M. Nelson, professor emeritus of physical therapy; and Maria Paulovici, house-
keeper, each retired this year. Together, they were part of our family for more
than 120 years and will remain so as they enjoy retirement.
So, as I conclude my final semester as president, I leave you with a heartfelt
statement that I first wrote in the spring Valley magazine. "The College is well
positioned for this change; we face this transition with confidence."
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LVC students participate i n flight training during World War II under the direction
of professors Samuel O. Grimm (far left) and Hiram H. Sheuk (far right).
he Rev. David £. Long, a
member of LVCs class of 1900,
demonstrated his Valley pride in
this photograph (right) taken during his
time as a student at the College around
1898. The College archives recently obtained
this photograph following a fascinating
chain of events that began with a fall 201 1
performance by Ralph Stanley and the
Clinch Mountain Boys at the Harrisburg
Midtown Arts Center. During the concerts
intermission, Harrisburg-area residents Bill
and Ethel Weigle asked a man wearing LVC
apparel about his connection to the College
only to find — much to their surprise — that
they were speaking with College President Stephen
C. MacDonald. Bill shared with MacDonald that his
grandmother had been born in Annville. Might the
College help him to locate and learn more about the
family house? MacDonald referred the couple to the
Colleges chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer, a local
history enthusiast. Fullmer helped the Weigles locate the
Annville home of the Rev. David E. Long, Bills great-
grandfather; the same home in which Bill s grandmother
In addition to finding the family home, Bill and Ethel
learned that Long's Valley pride had also been expressed
through a Memorial Ministerial Scholarship Award
established by the family in 1965. The latest recipient of
the David E. Long Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship
The Rev. David E. Long, Class of 1900
Kathryn Lewis y 12 is the latest recipient of the David R Long Scholarship.
awarded annually to a student considering
a career in Christian ministry, is Kathryn
Lewis '12, a senior religion major from
In response to these encouraging
discoveries, Bill and Ethel have not only
shared historic photographs with the
College archives, but have also committed
funds to enhance the support provided
through the scholarship established by their
family. Who would have thought that an
intermission encounter with the College
president could be so rewarding? The next
time you re at a performance in Harrisburg,
keep an eye out for LVC apparel, or our
The Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer, Chaplain; Director
of Community Service and Volunteerism
Biology Lecture Room: Carl F Schmidt, Class
of 1914, is listed as being in the photograph. Schmidt would
go on to earn his medical degree from the University of
Pennsylvania and, while in China for a two-year research
project, discover ephedrine in collaboration with Dr. K.K.
Chen. Ephedrine was the first drug that could be taken
orally to relieve symptoms of hay fever and asthma.
(bottom): Dr. Al Wolfe, professor of biology, works with
a student in the Neidig-Garber Science Center.
The LVC Gymnasium, current home
to mens and women's basketball
and women's volleyball, held its
first athletic contests in 2003-2004, which
coincided with the 100th anniversary of
basketball for Valley men and women. It
is well-known that the new gym replaced
the historic Lynch Memorial Gymnasium,
which first opened its doors to competition
in 1951. However, very few know of the
existence of the Colleges first gymnasium
that was located in, of all places, the
Administration Building/Humanities Center.
LVC s first gym was tucked into the south
corner of the current building. It took up the
bottom two floors of what is now the mail
LVC's first gymnasium was located in the current
Administration Building/Humanities Center, This
picture is from the mid-1920s before a campus
dance. Dancing was only recently allowed by
campus authorities when this photograph was taken.
room, the presidents office, and the dean's office. Consisting of a basketball court on the main floor and a six-
foot wide track or balcony above the court, the space was extremely small by any standard but was welcomed
by students and the community at the time.
The remainder of the basement area held spaces for locker rooms, a handball court, and a smaller gym. This
area was popular among students and a frequent site for dances and other social events.
After the student body outgrew the basement gym and more space was needed for classrooms and offices,
then- President A. Clyde Lynch (1932-1950) led efforts to construct a new facility, and Lynch Memorial
Gym was born. During its more than 50 years of use,' Lynch hosted many memorable events and served as
home court for the 1994 NCAA Division III national champion men's basketball team. Lynch hosted its
final game in February 2003.
This history of athletic success has certainly continued in the newer LVC Gymnasium, which is among
the finest in all of NCAA Division III. Providing seating for 1,650, the 36,000 square-foot gymnasium fea-
tures stadium-style chairs, roll-out
bleachers, and a skybox area — the
Dutchman Lounge. The facility
has hosted numerous conference
Editor's Note: Further research has since revealed
that members of the Kalozetean Literary Society
dug their own gym around 1882. It eventually
had a dumb-bell rack, a shower bath, and a tub
bath. (1882-1883 College Catalogue, p. 37; and
Paul A. W. Wallace, "Lebanon Valley College: A
Centennial History," 1 966, p. 1 07)
(above): Lynch Memorial Hall
Gymnasium in 1955 when it was
known as the Lynch Physical Education
Building, (left): The current men's
basketball team practices in the new
gymnasiunh which opened in 2003-2004.
playoff games including four rounds of the 201 1 NCAA Women's
Basketball Tournament and the first round of the 2005 NCAA Mens
Basketball Tournament. It has also provided a distinct home-court
advantage to the women's volleyball team, which is currendy riding a
streak of four consecutive Commonwealth Conference titles and NCAA
postseason appearances — a first for any LVC athletic program.
From a basement to a state-of-the-art facility, Lebanon Valley College s
gymnasiums have been home to numerous athletes and countless
Katrina Wells '12, Historical Communications and History Major
Student-run theater has a long and
distinguished history at Lebanon
Valley College. As early as 1 9 1 1 ,
individual fraternities were known to put
on occasional plays, but the founding of the
Wig and Buckle Dramatic Society during
the 1934-1935 school year brought regular
drama productions to the LVC campus.
As its original name suggests, Wig and
Buckles early efforts often revolved around
performances of classic plays from the
Shakespearian and Restoration periods, for
the English Department faculty had a major
voice in shaping the selection of the works
produced. One or two productions a year, running for one to three nights was the norm. On limited budgets,
a modest number of students performed in several improvised campus locales, as well as on a tiny stage in
the old Engle Music Conservatory (which stood on a site now home to the Blair Music Center). Legend
has it that the stage was so small that access to one side of the stage had to be made through a window from
outside the building!
Restyled in the early 2000s, the Wig and Buckle Theater Company now reflects the high level of commitment
and discipline demanded of its participants. This 76-year-old organization uses professional criteria to select
plays for production. The company operates without censorship on the understanding that it clearly labels
content for its audiences. It produces two or three legitimate plays and one musical every year, each with a
six-to-seven night run. Each year, about 100 students fill the more than 230 jobs required to proudly carry
out Wig and Buckle s liberal arts mission: to serve its audience by following Shakespeare's advice to delight
and instruct by "holding the mirror up to nature."
Dr. Kevin Pry *76> Associate Professor of English; Executive Director/Advisor of the Wig and Buckle Theater Company
Student play; photograph, date
unknown, from LVC Archives.
The 1940-1941 play "Mr. Pirn Passes By"
was presented by the Kalozetean and
Delphian Literary Societies as their
annual joint performance.
Current Wig and Buckle members wear
costumes from some recent plays, including
"Wild Oats, " "The Taming of the Shrew, "
and "The Importance of Being Earnest. "
(L to n): Laura Gingerich '12, Katie Deppen '13,
Kathryn Lewis '12, Keifer Kemmerly '13,
Vicki Childers '12, Rosemary Bucher '14,
and (kneeling): Elise Wysocki '13
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(top, I. to r.): Dan Chambers '67,
Kent Willaver, and Harold Todd '69.
(bottom, I. to r.): Kevin Smith '13,
Jason Gigous '12, and Cory Homer '12
The Seven Dwarfs
The 1952-53 men's basketball team "were
the champions of the MAC West, and once
they played and routed the Fordham team in
the Palestra to advance to the NCAA 'Sweet
Sixteen,' they were known throughout the
country as the 'Seven Dwarfs' of college
basketball, not one of them over 6'1 ',' most in
the 5'8"-5'9" range. They came from Lebanon
Valley College, the smallest school with its
458 students ever to advance that far in the
NCAA playoffs, and because the NCAA later
split into divisions one, two, and three, no
one will ever beat that record."
From "Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs/ 1 by
Dr. Art Ford '59, professor emeritus of English.
Available at www ivcedu/CollegeStore
Today, every trip to an LVC home
game brings with it a history lesson.
Five banners hang at the east end
of the gymnasium, representing the mens
basketball programs five retired numbers.
Those jerseys say as much about the history
of the basketball program as they do about
the men who wore them.
The #11 jersey belonging to Howie Landa '55
reminds fans not just of his famous 'Seven
Dwarfs' team that played the underdog role
to earn their way to the NCAA Sweet 16 in
1953, but of a simpler era of basketball. It
was a time before the shot clock, three-point
shot, and dunking, where a team could slow
the game to a glacial pace and pull off big
upsets. Despite the disadvantages, Landa
managed to score 1,936 career points, a
record that would stand for nearly 20 years.
The man who broke his scoring record was Don
Johnson '73, whose #40 banner hangs next to Landas. Although NCAA basketball still lacked a shot clock
or three-pointer in the 1970s, Johnson scored 1,976 points on a fast-paced, high-scoring team that won
their first MAC title since 1952-53 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament (the NCAA
Tournament had separated into three divisions earlier that decade).
The 1990s are represented twice on the timeline with Mike Rhoades '95, who wore #5 as he captained
the Flying Dutchmen to the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship, and Andy Panko '99, who
electrified capacity crowds with 2,515 points and a pair of national player of the year awards. The 1990s
were golden years for LVC basketball, with five NCAA tournament appearances to go with their Cinderella
run to the 1994 title that brought national fame to the little College in Annville.
The final jersey, the #23 of J.D. Byers '05, marks an historic transition in LVC basketball. A flashy point
guard with unlimited range who set the school record for three-pointers, Byers began his career playing in
the cramped confines of 50 year-old Lynch Gym and ended it in the soaring new LVC Gymnasium. He
took the Dutchmen to the 2005 NCAA Tournament while proving that great athletes can also be great
students, earning the Jostens Trophy as the nations top student-athlete in mens basketball.
Tim Flynn '05, Director of Sports Information
Tfo 2011-2012 men's basketball team recreates the 'Seven
Dwarfs' photo from 1952-1953. (L to n): Terry Barlet (assistant
coach), Scott Mailen '82 (assistant coach), and Brad McAlester
(head coach) wore bowties in honor of the late Dr. George "Rinso"
(right): The 1952-53 team that went to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
(L to r.): Head Coach George "Rinso" Marquette, Richie Furda, Marty
Gluntz, Howie Landa, Lou Sorrentino, Herb Fields, Don Grider,
Bob Blakeney, Leon Miller, Bill Vought,Jim Handley, and Howie Rosier
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little more than a decade after
Senda Berenson of Smith College
began teaching the first known
women's basketball class, LVC started a
women's basketball team in 1903-1904
comprised of 13 players with familiar
names such as Engle, Hershey, Light, and
Batdorf. That first team won four of five
games, scoring a combined 47 points in the
victories. Berenson had greatly modified the
mens rules because she was worried about
the women suffering from "nervous fatigue."
By the 1930s, field hockey — or girls' hockey,
as it was referred to at the time — became the
dominant sport on campus, with about 50
players attending a tournament of teams held
in Philadelphia. And more than three decades
before the 1972 passage of Tide DC would enable greater opportunities for female student-athletes, LVC already
had competitive women's archery, basketball, and hockey programs, and had established a vibrant Women's
Athletic Association (WAA) and Girls' Intramurals Program.
The WAA operated under the slogan "A sport for every girl, and every girl in a sport" and hosted intramural activities
ranging from hare-and-hound chases and tennis to handball and baseball. In fact, the WAA prioritized the
intramural programs over intercollegiate competition because it "ends competition between schools, which
usually ends in a bad feeling."
Women's athletics continued to grow competitively through the
decades. The College added sports and opportunities for women and
their programs began to excel.
Today, the women's program is arguably one of the top overall
programs in NCAA Division III. In the past three years alone, the
field hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer teams, as well
as women cross country and track student-athletes, have qualified and
participated in the NCAA postseason championships.
A SPORT FOR
AND EVERY GIRL
IN A SPORT
Dr. Tom Hanrahan, Director of Marketing and Communications
This 1930s photograph shows
that field hockey — simply
called "hockey" at the time —
carried great interest and
support among the students.
There's an old adage that buildings,
like dogs, reflect the most admirable
attributes of their owners.
If this saying holds true, then LVC s
renovated Administration Building/Humanities
Center designates the College as a caring,
considerate, and clairvoyant owner. This
campus centerpiece — rededicated in April
2009 after undergoing a substantial $2.3-
million exterior facelift under the direction of
John Milner Architects of Chadds Ford — has
been restored to its original 1905 appearance.
This building literally rose from ashes.
On Christmas Eve in 1 904, a fire destroyed
LVC s original Civil War-era Administration
Building, which had stood on the same soil. Just a few days after the blaze, then-President Hervin Ulysses
Roop journeyed to New York City to meet philanthropist Andrew Carnegie at his residence and seek
financial assistance for rebuilding.
Carnegie was no stranger to LVC. Earlier in the year, he had committed money for the construction of
a library on campus. Architect Abner A. Ritcher, a native of North Annville who had established a prolific
local practice by 1900, had designed the library. Its cornerstone had been laid in June 1904, and it would
be dedicated and opened a year later. But, the Christmas Eve fire had put the institutions viability in
Roop proved a successful lobbyist amidst such a daunting scenario. He secured what would today be
called a matching grant: if LVC raised $50,000, then Carnegie would provide the same amount. Roop
returned to campus and sent letters to friends of LVC describing Carnegie's pledge and pleading for
support. Donations flowed in. Construction of a new building soon began. Against this backdrop,
Ritcher formulated plans for a new Administration Building in the hybrid Tudor Gothic style.
LVCs recent comprehensive renovation of the outer shell of the building included a new roof, energy-
efficient window replacements that maintain historical accuracy, brick restoration, terra cotta replacements,
A Christmas Eve fire in 1904
destroyed the original Civil
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(near right): Administration Building/ Humanities Center
in 1950, (far right) Administration Building/Humanities
Center after the August 1915 hurricane
(below): The building today at dusk
a refurbished parapet with a new clock face, and the restoration
of the metal dome of the bell tower.
Dr. Owen Moe, chair and Vernon and Doris Bishop Distinguished
Professor of Chemistry, and president of the Friends of Old Annville, a local
historical preservation group, commented: "We applaud the College s decision
to give such a valuable historical landmark a thorough and accurate restoration
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The building has genuine character and provides a powerful architectural presence
not only on the LVC campus, but also in the town of Annville."
The restoration project stands as a cherished achievement for President Stephen
C. MacDonald: "It was a priority to preserve the
historical accuracy of this iconic building that was
built more than a century ago," he said. "We were
able to return the exterior of the building to its
former elegance and assure that it will stand for
many years to come."
Martin J. Parkes, Executive Director of Marketing and
A mission-oriented society has existed
among the College s student
. organizations from the earliest
days of its history, but the earliest graduates
on record as going abroad to Sierra Leone
as missionaries were Mary Richards and
Ira E. Albert, both of the class of 1897. In
the history of the United Brethren Church,
A.W. Drury asserts, "In the first twenty-five
years of the work of the Church Missionary
Society in Sierra Leone . . . one hundred
and nine of the missionaries of the society
died." Unfortunately, Ira would pay the
price for his bravery, dying in Sierra Leone
in 1902, probably of the African fever. The
mission schools name there was changed to
Albert Academy in his memory. Mary remained in Sierra Leone for a time before
returning and becoming the editor of "Women's Mission Evangel."
In the 1920s, William N. Martin '18 went to Sierra Leone and later
became principal of the Albert Academy. He also did research in the African
interior and collected biological specimens for LVC and the Smithsonian
Institution. His most famous gift to the College was Lenny the Leopard,
which was last seen on the steps of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library on
a graduation morning in the 1990s.
Martin was followed by Mabel Silver '26, who arrived in Africa in 1932.
Silver Hall was named in her honor.
If the stories of LVC grads who have worked in the mission fields are re-
markable and moving statements of the values and goals of their alma mater,
the stories of Africans who came to the Valley to extend their education are
no less so.
In a listing of foreign students at LVC before 1900 there are two identified as being from Sierra
Leone; James Morris Lesher, who is listed in the catalog for 1886, but does not appear after that; and
Alfred Tennyson Sumner,
Class of 1902
1920s postcard of College Avenue
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Alfred Tennyson Sumner, who is listed in 1898 and is subsequently noted
to have graduated in 1902.
Sumner returned to Sierra Leone and described himself in the December
1904 College Forum as "principal of the Training School, pastor of the
church, superintendent of the boys' home, a quack doctor, and a jack at
everything else." He would also author grammars of the Mende, Sherbo, and
Temne languages. His son, the Hon. Doyle Sumner, attended LVC from 1936
to 1938 and eventually became Sierra Leone s Minister of Natural Resources.
Over the years there have been other LVC graduates from Africa, all of them
fulfilling the hope of the early missionaries, that those they nurtured would in
turn serve others. Notable among them have been Solomon Caulker '41,
F. Obai Kabia 73, and Eyako Kofi Wurapa '90.
Caulker became vice principal of Fourabah College in Sierra Leone. He
was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 29, 1960, on his way back from the
international conference on Science in the Advancement of New States,
held in Rehovoth, Israel.
Kabia spent nearly 30 years as a diplomat and employee of the Secretariat
of the United Nations. He now resides in New Jersey and works with
the Sierra Leone government. While with the U.N., Kabia also served
as a longtime member of LVC s Board of Trustees and three of his four
daughters attended the College.
Wurapa, whose parents were missionaries who ran a mobile clinic
in Ghana, moved to the U.S. in 1984 to escape the country's unrest. After
graduating from LVC, he earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania
State University College of Medicine and interned at the Walter Reed Army
Medical Center, where he was assigned to the 101st Division as a flight
surgeon. He continues to serve on medical missions and has a private
practice in Fayetteville, N.C.
No matter their origins, these graduates are the fibers of the African
connection. All reflect the dedication to serving
others that has been at the heart of LVC s
educational mission since its founding. Of that
they and we can be proud.
Dr. BMMcGiUH'98, Senior Vice President
andD t u of the i acuity Emeritus
Jordan Weaver '13, a psychology
and sociology major from Denver,
Pa., is currently spending a
semester at the United States
International University in
Nairobi, Kenya. You can follow
her blog by visiting blogs.lvc.edu/
Lebanon Valley College s campus and
the community of Annville has been
a blurred line since LVC s founding
in 1 866. Names of town business owners
duplicate as founders and leaders of the
College just as leaders at LVC have served
as Annvilles greatest supporters. Campus
events such as the tug of war over the Quittie
and the annual ValleyFest celebration have
spilled through the towns streets while town
traditions such as the annual Memorial Day
Parade and Old Annville Days continue to
bring history, color, and life to campus.
Serving as a gateway to the College,
Sheridan Avenue has welcomed students
and guests to LVC for more than 100 years.
Nearly as old as the College, the home built
for David Kreider Jr. sits at the corner of East Sheridan and North College avenues. Built in the 1890s, the
home served not only as a residence for David Kreider Jr. and his wife and children, but also later for his
grandson, David Kreider Shroyer '26, and his wife, Frances Long Shroyer '28. They lived in the home for
many years and raised their four children there.
For Anne Shroyer Shemeta '51, one of those four children, it is impossible to separate her childhood
memories on campus from those on her own family property. "For us," Anne said, "the campus served as an
extension of our backyard. The students and professors knew us by name, and we would play hide-and-seek
in and around the Humanities Building. With our windows wide open, we fell asleep at night listening to
the students practicing their music across the street, and we served as willing participants in the annual mur-
der and May Day
Similarly, the family
ancestry serves as a who s
who of the Valley with
charter trustees, professors,
and more than 30 proud
alumni to date. For Anne s
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The Shroyer Health Center today.
Dr.JeffRobbins, associate professor
of religion, and his wife, Dr. Noelle
Vahanian, associate professor of
philosophy, recreate the circa 1900
photo with their children, Charlie
mother and siblings, this long lineage
and tie to LVC made the decision to
share the family home with LVC an
easy one. After selling the structure
to the College, Frances Long Shroyer
made a donation to the Colle^ to
secure the naming opportunity of
the family home. The building has
appeared as an official marking on the
College's campus map since the early
1990s and serves the College community
today as the Shroyer Health Center.
Jasmine Amnions Bucher *97> M'lL
Director of Web Communications and
A brief story of four
women at LVC as told by
Janet Eppley Bucher '50
and Rosemary Bucher '14.
The phrase, "LVC family," takes on a new meaning when you speak with Rosemary Bucher '14.
Rosemary, a fourth-generation LVC student studying digital communications and music business at
the Valley, is the latest in a long line ofBucher women to attend LVC.
The legacy began in 1918 when her great-grandmother, E. Mae Smith Bucher, graduated from LVC; her
grandmother, Janet Eppley Bucher, graduated in 1950; and her mother, Jasmine Amnions Bucher, earned
her undergraduate degree in 1997 and her MBA in 201 1 from LVC.
Common threads that extend beyond LVC tie all four generations together. Janet fondly remembered
her first connection to the Bucher family. "Norman [the Rev. Norman Bucher '50] and I were partners in
the May Pole Dance as part of the 1949 May Day Celebration. At the same time, I was president of LVC s
campus chapter of the Young Women's Christian Association and Norman was president of the Young Mens
Christian Association." They married in 1952 and will be celebrating their 60th anniversary this June.
The couples daughter-in-law, Jasmine, director of web communications and new media at LVC, was an
English communications major, sang in Concert Choir, served on Student Government, and was co-editor
of La Vie Collegienne. Rosemary has followed in her mothers footsteps and, despite being just a sophomore,
serves as co-editor of La Vie and sings in the Colleges Concert Choir. She also caught the acting bug from
her mother, who still advises the theater group at Palmyra High School. Rosemary has been active in Wig
and Buckle since day one. "I looked at other schools, but after my audition for the Music Department, I knew
Rosemary is not the first member of the family
to be a fourth-generation Dutchman. Alicia
Biesecker Shemon '04 holds the prize in that
category. Here's a listing of all members of her
family who attended LVC:
Augustus Crone 1904
E. Mae Smith Bucher '18
Norman Bauman Bucher Sr. ' 1 8
Martha Crone Eppley '43
Eugene Smith Bucher '50
The Rev. Norman Bauman Bucher Jr. '50
Janet Eppley Bucher '50
Roberta Eppley Biesecker 75
Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, M' 1 1
Alicia Biesecker Shemon '04
Rosemary Bucher '14
The Rev. Norman Bucher '50 sits in the atrium of
the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library surrounded by
ife, Janet Eppley Bucher '50; granddaughter,
nary Bucher '14; and daughter-in-law, Jasmine
Ammons Bucher '97, M'l 1.
that I wanted to be at the Valley. Growing up around campus made LVC seem
like home, and Ive felt that way my entire life. I think part of me decided to go to
LVC when I was three years old."
And while 60-plus years of history lie between Rosemary and Janet — and
almost 100 years to the day have passed since great-grandmother E. Mae Smith
Bucher first stepped on campus — these women remain close. Though Chapel
attendance is no longer required at LVC, as it was when Norman and Janet
attended classes, Rosemary walks to their church — Christ UCC in Annville —
weekly to attend and sing in their choir. Jasmine and Rosemary also recently sang
together at Christ UCC for a celebration honoring Norman as pastor emeritus.
As told tojayanne Hayward *01, Director of Alumni Programs
It was a school of the United Brethren
in Christ that flung open its doors to
students as Lebanon Valley College on
Monday morning, May 7, 1 866. There were
those in the United Brethren Church who
were downright hostile to higher education,
and therefore, to the creation of LVC. Their
opposition was based on the fear that school
beyond "the three Rs [Reading, wRiting,
and aRithmetic]" would lead to worldliness.
Such fears were counterbalanced by the
church's need for an educated leadership
and the realization that the church could
not expect to retain its youth if it failed to
give them opportunities for growth. The
counterbalancing factors triumphed.
As an institution of the United Brethren,
which later merged with the Methodist
Church, chapel attendance was required. Students were "to attend prayers every morning and every evening
except on Saturday and Sabbath." On the Sabbath, they were required to attend public worship twice. In
the morning, they could worship "at such places as their parent . . . may designate." In the evening, they
were to attend church with the faculty. Such observant propriety was not welcomed by all. There were occa-
sional pranks that expressed displeasure, such as "bringing a horse and buggy on the chapel platform before
By the 1 940s, chapel attendance requirements were long gone. In their place was a once-a-week chapel
service, a certain number of which students were to attend. Today, there is no such mandatory requirement.
This does not mean that the imprint of the church is absent from the visage of the College. Parents who in
the late 1 860s sent the first students to Lebanon Valley did so expecting that the school would provide a
vibrant religious life and training for service to the world.
Such an atmosphere continues to thrive on campus today. There are presendy two worship opportunities each
week in which the Christian story is central. There are numerous Bible study groups and religious support groups
for several denominations. Students serve as mentors to high-risk students in an urban school district, work on
Habitat for Humanity projects, shovel snow for senior citizens, and provide music in area churches. Vibrant faith
and a spirit of service are still very much alive on the campus of Lebanon Valley College.
The Rev. Dr. J. Dennis Williams, Board of Trustees Emeritus
YES T ERTAY
(left, I to r.): 1970 Class Officers Jon
Rogers, John Beardsley, Kongkun
Hemmaplardh, Greg Scott, and
Bobbie Harris, (above, I. to n):
Michael Nelson '12, Jimmy Long' 14,
Kevin Greene '13, Travis Miller '12,
and Cristabelle Braden '15 recreate
the 1970 photograph in Millei* Chapel
The students are members of some
of the several campus Christian
tc Recording Technology c
in the Blair Music Center, date
Marching band, date unknown
A brief history of the
Carnegie Library as told
by Greg Stanson '63> vice
president for enrollment
and student affairs emeritus,
and Bill Brown 79, vice
president for enrollment.
In the Carnegie Library rotunda, there is an old black and white photograph of a group of students
standing in the rotunda at a high, marble-topped table, surrounded by two stories of bookshelves. Today,
the rotunda serves as the reception area for admission visitors, and recendy a similar table was installed
to display LVC memorabilia. "Over the years, thousands of admission decisions have been made over a table
topped with the very same marble," Greg Stanson '63 said. The past is never very far from the present.
"The Carnegie Library has included at times lounges, classrooms, administrative offices, a snack bar, and a
bookstore," Bill Brown *79 noted. Stanson and Brown agree that the most remarkable change in Carnegie's
function was to become the front door of campus for prospective students and their families. "President
Fredrick P. Sample '52 first moved admissions into Carnegie in 1972 before President John Synodinos H'96
committed the building fully to enrollment in 1992 and started comprehensive campus improvements with
Carnegie landscaping," Stanson said.
The marble table pictured in the black and white photograph hanging in the rotunda today sits in front
of Browns desk, the same desk once used by Stanson and Dr. Clark Carmean H'85 when they oversaw the
Colleges Office of Admission. From there, Stanson points out the window to the site of an old campus message
board. Today, just inside the front doors, another welcome board greets students as does the spectacular,
intricate woodwork from when the building was completed in 1905.
(left): Students study in
the Carnegie Library,
circa 1929-1930, in what
is today the Reinhart
Conference Room. The
building is now called
the Carnegie Building
and houses the Office of
Admission and Office of
Financial Aid (right):
A display replicating the
table sits in the center &f
the Carnegie Rotunda.
Begun in 1904, the Carnegie Library was the second of six structures
built during the presidency of Hervin Ulysses Roop (1897-1905).
Roop approached the Carnegie Foundation, run by philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie, for funding for the library. Up to that point, the
foundation had only provided library bequests to towns and cities.
Roops persistence clearly paid off and resulted in a gift of $20,000. A
marble plaque above the reception desk honors Carnegie's gift.
Since its completion, the building and its denizens have served
generations of students and alumni. In fact, Carnegie is where
Stanson first met Dr. George "Rinso" Marquette '48 and Brown
first met Lou Sorrentino '54. Other notable names that connect to
the history of Carnegie and its many roles include librarians Helen
Ethel Myers, Dr. Donald £. Fields, and Frances T. Fields, deans
Martha Faust and Rosemary Yuhas, bookstore manager Lilly
Struble, and College historian Edna Carmean '59.
Dr. Lynn G. Phillips '68
Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87
Katherine J. Bishop
Harry B.Yost '62
Beth Esler Douglas
Deborah R. Fullam '81
George J. King '68
2010-2011 Board Members
Kristen R. Angstadt '74, BJV., M JV., Ph.D.
Supervisor — Pupil Services, Student Services, Capital Area
Intermediate Unit #15
Edward H. Arnold H'87, BJV., LH.D.
Chairman, Arnold Logistics
Katherine J. Bishop, BA, M.S.
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairperson, Lebanon
Edward D. Breen, B.S.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics
The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, BJV., M.Div.
Senior Pastor, Historic St. George's United Methodist Church in
Old City Philadelphia
Wesley T. Dellinger 75, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP
Director, Lebanon Operations, Brownstone Real Estate
Geret P. DePiper '68, B.A.
Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, CSX
World Terminals, LLC
Ronald J. Dmevich, B.S.
Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of the
Board, Capital Blue Cross
James G. Glasgow Jr. '81, B.S., MBA
Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, Five Mile Capital
Robert E. Harbaugh '74, BJV., M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery,
Director of the Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute,
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine,
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Marc A. Harris, BJV., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, LVC
Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, BJV., M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc.
John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S.
Retired Vice President, Solution Technologies, inc.
George J. King '68, B.S., CPJV.
President, RWS Energy Services
Malcolm L Lazin '65, B.S., J.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum
William Lehr Jr, B.BJV., J.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross
Stephen C. MacDonald, BA, Ph.D.
Megan B. McGrady '1 1
Student Trustee, LVC
Daniel K. Meyer '81, BJV., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School, Camden, and Program Director, Infectious
Diseases Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital
Carroll "Skip* L Missimer '76, '79, BJV, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Global Director for Environmental Affairs, PH. Glatfelter
Renee Lapp Norris, B.A., M.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music, LVC
John S. Oyler, BJV, J.D.
Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC
Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Former Chief Administration Officer and Director, Aresty
Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania
George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S.
Former Insurance Commissioner, Retired, State of
Connecticut and Retired Professor, University of
Connecticut and Fordham University of Law
Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S.
Chief Executive Officer, Echo Data Group
Elliott Robinson, B.S.
Vice President, Administration, Milton Hershey School
Elyse E. Rogers 76, B.A., J.D.
Partner, Saidis, Sullivan & Rogers
Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D.
Arbitrator, National Arbitrator Center
RyanH.Tweedie / 93,B.S.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Sapien, LLC
Elizabeth R. Unger 72, B.S., M.D., Ph.D.
Anatomical Pathologist and Research Team Leader,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Scott N. Walck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, LVC
Albertine P.Washington, H'97, B.A., P.D.
Retired Educator, Lebanon School District
Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com.
President, Delta Packaging, Inc.
Harry B.Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LLM.
Senior Partner, Appel & Yost, LLP
Kelly E. Zimmerman '12
Student Trustee, LVC
Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LL.B.
Realtor; Commercial and Industrial Developer
Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., L.H.D.
Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
*Eugene C. Fish H'82, B.S., J.D., L.H.D.
Chairman and President, Peerless Industries, Inc.;
Chairman of the Board, Eastern Foundry Company;
Managing Partner, Romeika, Fish and Scheckter
Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S.
Retired, Owner/President, CIB Inc.
Martin L. Gluntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey
International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation
Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A.
Retired Business Executive
The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D.
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace
United Methodist Church, Carlisle
Kenneth H. Plummer
Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, Inc.
Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., L.H.D.
Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc.
Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S.
Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines
*F. Allen Rutherford Jr. '37, H'85, B.S., LL.D.
Retired Principal, Arthur Young and Company
The Rev. Daniel L Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., D.D.
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church
Morton Spector H'02
Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC
Elizabeth K. Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci.
Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism and Toxicology
Branch National Cancer Institute
Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., MBA, D.Sci.
Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc.
The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.,
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, Former District
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
Suzanne H. Arnold H'96
Community Leader and Philanthropist
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson 75, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist
F. Obai Kabia 73, P'99, P'OO, P'02, B.S., M.P.A.
Retired Political Affairs Officer, United Nations
Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, B.A., M.Div.
Bishop of the Central PA Conference of The United
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications:
Martin J. Parkes
Editors: Dr. Tom Hanrahan, Kelly Alsedek, Jasmine
Ammons Bucher '97, M'04, P'14, Marianne Clay,
Meghan Johnson, Mary Kent '1 1, Christine Brandt Little,
Emily Summey, and Anita Williams
Writers: Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, M'04, P'14,Tim
Flynn '05, Dr. Art Ford '59, the Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer, Dr.
Tom Hanrahan, Jayanne Hayward '01, Sue Sarisky Jones
'92, Dr. William McGill, Martin J. Parkes, Dr. Kevin Pry,
Katrina Wells '12, and the Rev. Dr. Dennis Williams
Designer: Tom Castanzo, Afire Creative Group
Portrait Photography: Dennis Crews
Other Photography: Doug Plummer, Schaeffer Family,
Stretcher Family, LVC Archives
Research: Maureen Anderson Bentz '00, the Rev. Dr. Paul
Fullmer, and Dr. Tom Hanrahan
For year ended June 30
REVENUES AND OTHER ADDITIONS
Educational and General:
Tuition and Fees (net of institutional
Gifts and Private Grants
Endowment / Investment Income
Interest on Loans
Gains on Property and Investments, Net
Total Revenue and Other Additions
EXPENDITURES AND OTHER DEDUCTIONS
Educational and General:
Operation and Maintenance of Plant
Student Aid (government)
Total Expenditures and Other Deductions
Change in Net Assets
Net Assets Beginning of Year
Net Assets End of Year
Source: 2010-1 1 audited financial statements, ParenteBeard, LLC
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